The Governing Body is made up of a number of people who have volunteered to use their skills, time and experience for the benefit of the school.
The Governing Body is made up of:
- Parent Governors - elected by the parents at the school;
- Staff Governors (teachers & support staff);
- The Headteacher
- Co-opted Governors – these governors are appointed by the Governing Body to represent the community that the school serves.
As Governors, our primary focus is to enable and support the Headteacher in our shared goal of providing the best education possible for the children at Branfil. We do this through meetings of the Governing Body and its committees and the formal and informal visits made to the school when we have an opportunity to talk to the children, staff and Headteacher.
The Governing Body meets on a termly basis to discuss current issues and future plans; it considers the work of the committees and receives recommendations. The sub committees also meet on a termly basis and have the opportunity to discuss and consider ideas, proposals and plans to enhance and improve the school.
If you have any questions for the Governing Body we can be contacted through the school office.
Two new parent governors were elected in March 2018 - Mrs Suzanne Beckley and Mrs Kim McWilliam.
My professional background is in Law and I worked for many years as a personal injury lawyer in the city, before taking a break to raise my children. In 2010 I decided to apply for the position of Parent Governor at my children's primary school. I went on to become Chair of Governors there and I still hold that position today, although my children have now all left. I joined Branfil Governing Body in 2018 as a Co-opted Governor. I was honoured to be appointed Chair of Governors as well as the Governor responsible for overseeing Safeguarding.
The role of Chair of Governors is challenging but rewarding and fulfilling. I enjoy using my experience as a Governor and as a parent to support Branfil in achieving the high standards that the pupils and school community deserve.
I have been a governor at the school for eight years and have served on both the finance committee and pupil and curriculum committee. I am the current chair of the pupil and curriculum committee and also vice chair of the governing body. Within the school, I was involved with leading a KS1 fit club for 5 years and I come into school three times a week to help with guided reading. I have also helped with some football and quad kids events in the summer. My daughter was educated at the school and was really helped all the way through her time at school as she had mild/medium hearing loss.
My connection with Branfil began when my wife and I maintained the school grounds and subsequently I became part of the school site team. I have been a Governor, Staff and now Co-opted, at both Branfil Junior School and Branfil Primary School for the past 15 years. My role as a governor is to support the school in ensuring a safe environment in which children and staff can work to achieve their full potential.
I have lived in Upminster for 30 years and worked at Branfil as a teaching assistant for over 20 years. I have been a governor for eight years, first as a staff governor and currently as a co-opted one. My three now adult children all attended Branfil and keeping the family tradition going, my grandson is currently in Year1.
I care passionately about this school, the staff and pupils here and want the very best education and pastoral care for every child who walks through our doors.
I am a parent of two boys, one in year 1 and one due to start in Foundation in September 2017. I work in technical consultancy across various major manufacturing sectors, and previously worked in research & development and in electronics. At university I studied Physics, achieving a first class honours degree, and then received a PhD in Solid State Physics. Whilst I was a postgraduate student I taught undergraduates, and to this day still occasionally work with universities in designing MSc courses as part of my work. I believe we should be ambitious for all our children, and that state schools should offer the same opportunities for academic attainment as those in the private sector. I see my role on the governing body as helping the school best manage resources to make the right decisions that give our children the best opportunities to fulfil their potential.
I have two sons at Branfil, one in Year 4 and one in Year 1.Â From the moment I viewed Branfil and spoke to Mrs Sansom, I knew it was the place for our family. The friendliness and personal interaction we have received from every member of staff â€“ teaching and office staff- convinced me that this was a school with its priorities in order.
The importance of education has been my passion for my whole adult life; I trained as an English teacher after quickly realising that a commercial career was not for me. A few years later, I started working for one of the education trade unions and have worked on teachers pay, conditions and pensions as well as various areas of education policy.
I have previously served as a governor at a Havering junior school as a local authority governor, getting to know how difficult decisions are made when balancing budgets, Ofsted demands and fluctuating pupil numbers, whilst keeping the school's priorities for its pupils at its heart. I was able to bring my professional knowledge to use and found visiting the school and seeing it in action was such a valuable way of getting to know the pupils and staff.
I have worked in Education for over 20 years, initially as a teacher and more recently as an Education Advisor for a local authority. My school improvement roles have been varied and I am currently focusing on provision and outcomes for pupils with Special Educational Needs.
I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to work alongside and support primary, secondary and special schools which has enabled me to understand the different pressures schools are under.
In addition to my advisory role I am also an Ofsted inspector for the London region. I have experience of providing support and challenge to schools and working with them to find solutions to problems. I have a strong grasp of what makes the difference to pupils and as a result I believe the priority is to ensure they experience consistently high quality teaching as part of an appropriate curriculum designed to meet their needs. I believe we are responsible for supporting pupils to be the best they can be.
My son is currently in Year 4 and since he has been a pupil at Branfil I have supported the Friends of Branfil in various ways including at the Christmas Bazaar and Summer Fete and now feel I would like to further support the school as a member of the Governing Body on its journey to outstanding.
I have been a Parent Governor at Branfil school since 2014 and have recently been appointed as a co-opted Governor. I sit on the Pupil & Curriculum, and the Resources Sites and Building Committees.
I am a solicitor and I work in the City of London. My work involves litigation and health and safety law, which is useful in the school context.
All 3 of my children have gone to Branfil and have loved their time at the school and my wife and I are grateful for the great start in life the school has given them.
I see my role on the Governing Body as one of critical support for the teaching staff, helping them wherever possible, including sometimes pointing out where I think we might do something better (which is thankfully rare).
I aim to help the school to continually improve its standards and results but not to lose its wonderfully warm and friendly feel
I am currently a year 6 teacher at Branfil and have worked here since January, 2018. Before that, I have worked at schools in Thurrock and Havering since becoming a teacher in 2010. As part of my teaching roles, I have taken on various roles of responsibility and am now the leader of PE and Mental Health. I have been a staff governor for nearly two years and am part of the Pupil & Curriculum committee. I believe taking on the role of governor has helped me gain a deeper understanding of the running and management of the school and I am also able to use my experiences of working at Branfil to help make decisions about governance; the roles of teacher and governor work hand in hand with one another.
I have two children - my eldest is in year 3 at Branfil whilst my youngest will be joining Reception in September 2021. Experiencing the school as both a staff member and parent solidifies my belief that the school has a clear vision for progress in all areas and a central focus on the children and their well-being. My own daughter thoroughly enjoys coming to school each day and has developed such a love of learning. The supportive, family nature of the school means children develop socially, mentally, physically as well as academically. The commitment and dedication from all staff and governors is key to Branfil being such an enjoyable place to work and learn.
I am proud to be linked to Branfil in so many ways and look forward to being part of its continued progress with great enthusiasm.
I have lived in Havering all my life and want to support Branfil School in whatever capacity my fellow Governor’s feel I will be best suited to.
Professionally I have worked for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for the last 14 years in a variety of roles which now include the delivery of Road Safety Education across all 67 schools in the borough.
This is my first experience of being a school governor and I hope that my local government experience will bring a wealth of knowledge to the team.
Induction for New Governors